Frequently Asked Questions

These are some frequently asked questions that our user often have for our products.

How should I store my product before and after it’s mixed?

The best place to store products is in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Refrigerate unused product solution separate of food items promptly after mixing. Reheat gently over warm water and mix thoroughly before feeding. Do not microwave or freeze the solution. Discard unused refrigerated product solution after 24 hours. Store dry powder in a tightly closed container in a cool, dry place. Shelf life can be extended by freezing dry powder in a tightly sealed container.

How long is my product good for? What is the shelf life?

Please refer to your individual product packaging for recommended shelf life. This information can usually be found under the Storage section.

Product shelf life can vary between product type and packaging. Milk replacers generally have a 12 month shelf life and supplement products can range from 12-24 months from the date of manufacture. Shelf life can be extended by freezing dry powder in a tightly sealed container.

Where do I find the manufacture date code and how do I read it?

The manufacture date code can be found on the back of the package toward the bottom or the side gusset. It will be found in black type and will contain letters and numbers. The date code on your package is not an expiration date, it represents the date the product was manufactured and packaged.

See below for examples.

Example: MFD 17OCT02-01

17OCT02 = Packaging Date: date/month/year

-01 is the sequence number for the order the product was packaged. 01 meaning it was the first product of that run.

Example: A04/17/15AZ

04/17/15 = Packaging Date: Month/date/year

Example: AD517AZ

D = Month of Year:
A = January        D = April      G = July                K = October
B = February      E = May        H = August           L = November
C = March           F = June       J = September     M = December
(Note: we skip “I” and use “J” for September because “I” resembles “1”)

5 = Last digit of the year
17 = Day of month

Example: 1604517

04 = Packaging Month
5 = Packaging Year
17 = Packaging Day of Month



Example: 10112B04/17/15H
04/17/15 = Packaging Date: Month/date/year

Example: 10112BD1517H
D = Packaging Month of Year *see chart above
15 = Packaging Year
17 = Packaging Day of Month

What if there isn’t a cup in my bag?

The cup inside our small package milk replacers holds approximately 4 ounces by weight of milk replacer powder, and is equal in volume to a standard dry measuring cup. Large bag calf milk replacers (25 lb and 50 lb) call for 12 ounces of powder to be mixed into 2 quarts of water – you can simply use 3 standard dry measuring cups if needed. We always recommend that when in doubt weigh the powder before mixing.

Doesn’t a standard measuring cup hold 8 ounces?

A standard liquid measuring cup holds 8 fluid ounces, but milk replacer powder actually weighs half as much as the same volume of water, so the same size cup holds only 4 ounces (1/4 pound) of dry milk replacer powder.

How can you purchase our products?

Click the “Dealer Locator” or the “Buy Online Now” link on any product page of the web site for more information. We recommend that you call the dealer first to see if they have the product you are looking for in stock.

Can I feed milk replacer to an animal that is not on the label?

If your animal is not listed on the label, it is best to consult with your veterinarian about the suitability of the product before feeding your animal.

Why is the feeding rate different for my calf milk replacer?

Increasing the amount of milk replacer powder fed to calves helps improve health and performance. Calves fed at a higher feeding rate can result in increased average daily gain1 and frame size2. Feeding more milk replacer powder can also result in fewer sick calves3.

1 Quigley et al., 2006
2 Bartlett et al., 2006
3 Ballou, 2015


Q: Is there a new cup in my milk replacer? It seems smaller.

A: Yes, the cup is smaller to make mixing easier. Simply add 3 level-full cups of milk replacer per 2 quarts of water to provide 12 ounces of milk replacer powder per calf, each feeding.


Q: Do I mix the milk replacer powder into the same amount of water?

A: Yes, mixing 12 ounces into 2 quarts of water will provide 2.3 quarts of milk replacer solution per calf.

My child accidentally drank some of the Sav-A-Chick probiotic or electrolyte. What should I do?

Our Sav-A-Chick probiotic and electrolytes products are not toxic, however our products are not made for human consumption. We recommend offering clean water to help flush the product out and monitoring your child for any abnormal behavior. Contact your child’s doctor with any concerns.